It was only one week ago, Friday 22nd June, that a Turkish F-4 Phantom was shot down by the Syrian Military. Since that time the situation has escalated, even if the story is not being given the prominence in the MSM that it deserves.
In the past week Syrian forces have fired on another Turkish aircraft, NATO has met under Article 4 of their constitution and Turkish land forces have begun to amass on their border with Syria.
Now according to Gen Mustafa al-Sheikh, head of the Free Syrian Army’s military council, Syrian land forces are heading north to meet them.
Earlier in the week Recep Erdogan, the Turkish Prime Minister spoke out, “We did not receive a single warning note from Syria,” he said. “They acted without [warning]. This is a hostile act.”
Erdogan explained that as a result Turkey’s armed forces now stood on heightened alert. “The rules of engagement of the Turkish Armed Forces have changed given this new development,” said Mr Erdogan. “Any military element that approaches the Turkish border from Syria by posing a security risk and danger will be regarded as a threat and treated as a military target.”
Some ‘insiders’claim that the Turkish forces will fire on any Syrian forces approaching the Turkish border within 5km inside Syrian territory.
Now we hear that 170 Syrian tanks are have amassed at Aleppo near the Turkish border.
The situation is precarious and potentially dangerous and if it does all go off I doubt we’ll ever get to the bottom of who fired first.